Information about smartphone and other mobile device apps created by NDSU Extension Service.
Preparing your business for a disaster can help save lives, merchandise and money. This app helps small business owners and managers complete their disaster plan, and capture and store vital records, incorporating research-based educational information. You’ll be guided step-by-step in creating, saving and sharing a disaster plan for your business.
The Small Business Disaster Plan app includes screens with information describing what should be included in each segment of your business’ plan and screens to enter that information for your business. The segments are:
- Basic information
- Emergency planning
- Emergency contact
In addition to the educational information provided and text added for your business, the app allows you to take photos of inventory, supplies, computer hardware and similar materials.
The app uses your phone’s alert system to remind you to review the information at a designated time in the future up to 12 months since such documents should be reviewed at least annually.
The content can be downloaded as a csv file. Also, the app encourages you to upload the content to a cloud service such as Dropbox, iCloud, Drop or a similar service for backup.
Development of the Small Business Disaster Plan app for tablets and smartphones was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2013-41210-21194
Information in the app is grouped by diseases, insects and weeds for each crop (corn, dry bean, potato, small grains, soybean,sugar beet, and sunflower). Pest management options are provided through a user-selection process. Once a management strategy is selected, the user can view rates, mode of action, general information and additional resources.
See it in action on YouTube
Select the number of acres you will plant each year, the crops you will plant, and crop production operations for each crop.
This app will estimate your fuel cost by year and your total fuel cost. The app allows you to change production operations to match tillage systems.
This is our prototype, comments and suggestions are welcome!
Easily compare the cost of electricity sold in kilowatt hours with the cost of propane sold by the gallon or a variety of other fuel sources with this app.
Also included are ways to make your home more comfortable and healthy with energy savings tips.
Winter Survival Kit will help you find your current location, call 911, notify your friends and family, calculate how long you can run your engine to keep warm and stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.
You can use the Winter Survival Kit app to store important phone and policy numbers for insurance or roadside assistance. You also can designate emergency contacts you want to alert when you become stranded.
If you become stranded, the Winter Survival Kit app will help you determine your geographic location and contact emergency services. The app's "gas calculator" will help you estimate how long you can run your engine on your remaining fuel.
Winter Survival Kit will alert you every 30 minutes to remind you to periodically turn off your engine and to check your exhaust pipe for snow buildup. These alerts are critical in helping you avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
Winter Survival Kit also provides NDSU Extension Service information on how to put together a physical winter survival kit and prepare your vehicle for winter driving, and how to stay safe when stranded in a winter storm.
The Disaster Recovery Log (DRL) app will help you record and recover from damage caused by flooding or other disasters. It is available free through the Android market (download now).
DRL uses the smartphone’s camera feature to capture photos to illustrate the flood damage. Users can key in descriptions of damaged items or use their smartphone’s voice recorder to record an audio description of the damage. These details and photos are essential for possible insurance and/or government reimbursement.
Each damaged item is entered as a "Detail" organized under a "Disaster." You start by adding a "Disaster." Then you add "Details" to that "Disaster" to document your losses.
You can enter text, add photos using your camera or gallery, and add audio using your sound recorder of choosing from saved audio files.
UPDATE ALERT: The latest update (released 9/6/2011) to DRL allows you to export all the text, images and audio you capture with the app. DRL creates a compressed ZIP file that contains a CSV file (compatible with Microsoft Excel) of all disasters and details you entered along with any image or audio files you saved with the app.
DRL also provides NDSU Extension Service information on how to clean or deal with flood-damaged appliances and electronics; carpets and floors; clothing and fabrics; food; furniture; gardens and landscapes; home structures; household items; mold; papers, books and photos; and water.